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PlantFiles: Bird's Nest Fern
Asplenium goudeyi

Family: Aspleniaceae
Genus: Asplenium (ass-PLEE-nee-um) (Info)
Species: goudeyi (GOW-dee-eye) (Info)

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12-18 in. (30-45 cm)
18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

12-15 in. (30-38 cm)
15-18 in. (38-45 cm)

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Sun Exposure:
Partial to Full Shade


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Bloom Time:

Grown for foliage

Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
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Seed Collecting:
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

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1 positive
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive palmbob On Nov 12, 2003, palmbob from Acton, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:

Until recently this was a very rare fern in cultivation and isn't discussed in most fern books, but now it's being grown commonly by fern nuts in southern California, and is becoming readily available. It is also turing out to be a very hardy and easy to grow fern, looking a bit like a leathery, miniature version of a Bird's Nest Fern (Asplenium nidus.). It is surprisingly drought tolerant and often I forget to water it months at a time even in summer, and though it does stress a bit at this abuse, it still keeps on growing slower. Not terribly happy about hot, inland sun, though. I would say this has got to be one of the easiest of all ferns there are to grow. This is a native of the Lord Howe Islands, off Australia


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Reseda, California
Tarzana, California
Miami, Florida

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